Well, this is too cute for words. Beyonce started her Halloween celebrations early by stepping out dressed as Janet Jackson circa Rhythm Nation 1814. The 33-year-old got Jan’s military-inspired pant suit just right but even she was upstaged by Blue Ivy, who rocked a Michael Jackson outfit. The adorable toddler had King of Pop’s socks, gloves and jacket down pat.
As for Jay Z? Well, it looks like he wasn’t in the mood for a costume this year. Perhaps, he will go to more effort tonight? It looks like we’ll be seeing more of Bey in the not too distant future. She was accidentally announced as a performer at the MTV EMAs on November 10. While we wait to be slayed by that appearance, check out more pics of the diva’s Halloween look after the jump. More »
Labrinth has shown before that he doesn’t require much to make a huge impression. When the London singer-songwriter (Rihanna, Ellie Goulding) stopped by the Idolator studios last year, he performed an acoustic rendition of his grimy club-pop banger “Earthquake,” as if it was written during the same session as his Emeli Sande-featuring ballad “Beneath Your Beautiful.”
Labrinth wrote his new song “Jealous” with Josh Kear and Natalie Hemby in Nashville earlier this year. It’s about how he and his family felt when one of his parents abandoned him as a child (“I’m jealous of the way you’re happy without me”), and the video could have easily recreated such specific memories. Instead he sits alone in an empty theater, singing each lyric as if he’s still searching for the right words — and it pains him to do so. More »
Earlier this month, Union J teased a new song called “You Got It All,” written by MAGIC!‘s Nasri. Turns out, that big, soaring ballad is the title track of the British boy band’s sophomore album, out December 8.
Other featured collaborators in You Got It All include Jamie Scott (One Direction), Eric Frederic (Jessie J), famed songwriter Diane Warren (Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson) — oh, and one that the X Factor finalists won’t reveal just yet. This follow-up to Union J’s 2013 self-titled debut kicks off with The Wanted-inspired “Tonight (We Live Forever),” and from there, the album seems to promises even more feel-good party anthems. One song is actually called “YOLO.”
See the tracklist for Union J’s You Got It All below. More »
Taylor Swift talks living single in 23 (yes, 23) editions of Cosmopolitan‘s December issue. So, while songs off her fifth album 1989 deal with fleeting memories of an ex, Swift emphasizes how she isn’t interested in dating and couldn’t be happier. “People will say, ‘Let me set you up with someone,’ and I’m just sitting there saying, ‘That’s not what I’m doing. I’m not lonely. I’m not looking,’” she says. “I completely feel you on that, oh my God. They just don’t get it.”
The magazine describes Swift as “this girl’s girl,” who debates with friends like Girls creator Lena Dunham over the double standards of dating between males and females. As she also proved with her recent secret listening sessions, this sense of relatability is still key to Swift’s appeal. It’s why her first “documented, official pop album” has felt like a personal victory to fans, with an estimated 1.2 million copies sold during its first week. More »
It’s no secret that Kanye West is a humbly vain person, as is the Instagram-loving Madonna. So when the two stars came together for a once-in-a-lifetime selfie, the result was just magic! Both artists attended the Keep A Child Alive‘s 11th Annual Black Ball in NYC last night (October 30), and found time to share their best Blue Steel poses. The pop legend posted the picture on her Instagram, with the caption: “Self Obsession much? #unapologeticbitches”
Madonna has also been cooking up some tunes with Nas. The rapper shared a photo of himself and Madge in the studio, with the singer licking his face (classy). But can you imagine what that collaboration will sound like? She is working hard on her forthcoming thirteenth (!!) studio album, and has been spotted in the studio with music superstars like Alicia Keys, Avicii and Diplo. Natalia Kills and MNEK have also discussed their experience working with Madonna on the new project.
View all the Instagram photos in full below. More »
Along with leading the pack with the most nominations, Iggy Azalea will also grace the stage as a performer at the 2014 American Music Awards! The “Beg For It” diva is up for six nods at the ceremony, including Artist of the Year, Single of the Year for the Charli XCX-assisted “Fancy” and Favorite Female Artist.
Other artists set to perform are Lorde, One Direction and Fergie, Sam Smith, 5 Seconds Of Summer and Mary J. Blige. Pitbull will have double duties, as he’ll host and perform. The 2014 AMAs will air live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater, on November 23 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. View the entire list here. More »
Jennifer Lopez has been a tabloid fixture thanks to her high-profile relationships with Puff Daddy, Ben Affleck and Marc Anthony, among others. (See her “Jenny from the Block” video for proof.) However, she has yet to open up about these relationships as she apparently has in her forthcoming memoir True Love, out November 4. “I’ve never gotten a black eye or a busted lip, but I’ve felt abused in one way or another: mentally, emotionally, verbally,” she says, according to PEOPLE.
While Lopez doesn’t say who was responsible for such abuse, she did mention that Anthony, her third husband and the father of her two children, found True Love to be revealing. “He read it and said, ‘Wow, I didn’t realize you were going through this whole journey,’ ” she says. “We try to be supportive of each other. We feel that’s the best thing for our kids.” Anthony had filed for divorce in 2012, shortly after the couple’s seventh wedding anniversary.
See a trailer for True Love below. More »
Kendrick Lamar‘s triumphant single “i” is the official anthem for the 2014-2015 NBA season, so of course the rapper had to perform it for their annual kickoff event! It marked one of his first live presentations of the song, with the recent one being at this year’s We Day Toronto.
The concert was held outside the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, where Lamar got the crowd hyped as they jumped in the air with energy. “i,” produced by Rahki, is the first insight to the rapper’s highly anticipated, yet-to-be-titled sophomore album. More »
Lorde talks how she took charge of the third Hunger Games soundtrack in Billboard‘s November issue – highlighting the meetings, cold calls and the artistic risks. She emphasizes that she wouldn’t have been satisfied with making an EP, as suggested by Lionsgate — the Hollywood studio behind the franchise. She also says that with Mockingjay – Part 1, she fulfilled a personal career goal of hers. “I’d really wanted to A&R a record,” she says to Billboard. “And I basically got to do that.”
All of this helps to portray Lorde as a singular artist, someone who would actually pair The Chemical Brothers with Miguel (“This Is Not a Game”) and feature Q-Tip, Pusha T, HAIM and herself on the same song. What’s also memorable is how she revealed that yes, she still gets nervous. “I’m the worst person ever at talking to people I don’t know on the phone — I can’t even order pizza,” Lorde says of reaching out to personal idol Kanye West. “I would put off calling him. I’d say, it’s 12:57, I’ll do it at 1.” More »
Robin Thicke‘s chart-topping “Blurred Lines” single, his collaboration with Pharrell, has sparked immense controversy ever since its released in March 2013. The main focus of the drama came from the Marvin Gaye‘s children, who filed a copyright infringement suit against the two stars. They claim the song rips off their father’s 1977 classic R&B hit “Got To Give It Up”.
The events got even more messy this September, when court documents revealed Thicke lied to media outlets about co-writing the song. Now, Billboard is reporting that Judge John Kronstadt ruled yesterday (October 30) that the estate “made a sufficient showing that elements of ’Blurred Lines’ may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of ’Got to Give It Up.’ Defendants have identified these with particularity for purposes of analytic dissection.” More »